Basically, no one disputes that the Chinese had this enormous fleet that set sail in 1421 and went across the Indian Ocean to the east coast of Africa. To see what your friends thought of this book, Fantasy. This book is heavily mired in controversy, and here's why. The earliest fossils found date back 5000 years. He had quite a story to tell, too. I really wanted to like this book. The book is much more than that. I was 13, I read "Were the Gods kosmonauts?" Too bad there's so much evidence pointing against this being the case. There is a raging debate over this book. This book is the latter. (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I gave it one star for the few things I actually found interesting, but given the. great tale. (as Dr Esmond Bradley Martin). Columbus discovered America in 1492, any elementary school student will tell you. I suppose in some ways, this is true for many books. Use the HTML below. Do you like pseudo-history from rank amateurs that draw wild conclusions from scant evidence while discounting, in almost all situations, the simplest explanation in favor of conspiracy theory level conclusions? 1421; The Year China Discovered America By: Gavin Menzies ... Lost in China's long isolation that followed was the knowledge that Chinese ships had reached America 70 years before Columbus. Too bad there's so much evidence pointing against this being the case. So much for all that crap they taught us in school about who discovered America! The real prize was IDR75000, but I got it for only IDR49000 (still one of expensive books I've ever bought). He claims to have information from anthropology, archaeology, geology, geography, history, etc, but what he really has exists only in his own mind. His theory is that they visited every continent on Earth except Europe, and he amasses a great deal of circumstantial evidence to support it. According to Menzies, European explorers including Columbus, Magellan, and Cook were working off of already existing charts that had been essentially stolen from the Chinese when they made their own voyages of exploration. From time to time, this reviewer comes across a publication so crackpot that I hardly know where to start in reviewing it here. I am convinced. 1421: The Year China Discovered America PBS's review of the popular and controversal book 1421, that documents the voages of discovery by the Chinese fleet that generated the world maps which allowed white explores to sail around around the world 50 years later. Ancient transatlantic voyages : [book summary] / Christine Pellech; Gavin Menzies, 1421 : the year China discovered America / Stephen C. Jett; Appendix : some reviewers' opinions of Gavin Menzies's 1421 / Stephen C. Jett; 1421 author replies / Gavin Menzies; Robert Schoch, Voyages of the pyramid builders / … Smashing review. This documentary examines the controversial theory that a Chinese Ming Dynasty fleet, led by Zheng He, sailed past the Cape of Good Hope and crossed the Atlantic to discover the Americas, decades before Christopher Columbus. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Title: The Chinese did it first. by von Däniken, and I was immeditaly swept away: it all seemed very plausible and convincing. Well, the Chinese did, and in great detail, and the maps were then copied or made by some of the Europeans who were sailing with the Chinese fleets. Publisher's Summary. China was the world's greatest maritime power in the early 15th century, raising the theory that the Chinese discovered America 71 years before Columbus set sail. See the book's website for more detail (and shameless promotion). Like Eric Von Daniken, Menzies creates a fantastic, impossible scenario out of thin air. But ultimately it is a futile book. I am now reading 1434 and also purchased Menzies book The Lost Empire of Atlantis so as you can see, fact or fiction I enjoy his work. 1h 53min | Documentary | TV Movie 2004. 1421: The Year China Discovered America? Sadly it became a long, non-stop series of suppositions along the lines of Chariots of the Gods. And yet, there have been sweet potatoes on the menu in Polynesia as far back as 1,000 years … Menzies, Gavin, 1421: The Year China Discovered the World, London, Transworld Publishers, 2002. The TV series has been made into a home video, "1421: The Year China Discovered America?" I would like to offer a perspective from my own individual profession, linguistics. Summaries. They never went eastward into the Pacific ocean, nor did they round the cape of Africa. Yes, that's right the sweet potato. My fellow reviewers here have also offered some important critiques. I suppose I should feel bad that I gave up on this book, but I don't. While this book presents itself as a revelation, it lacks citations or footnotes or much evidence for that matter to support such wild claims. They were sent on a mission to trade with different countries and basically tell everyone how great China was. The list of discoveries and technologies are staggering. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Someone might have more information on this. First, it makes an extraordinary claim: that Chinese explorers in their 1421-23 exploration didn't just map the Indian Ocean, as generally accepted, but also visited West Africa, both coasts of South America, the Caribbean, and even left colonies in New England and Greenland. I was enthralled with Gavin Menzies book but after I researched it I have some doubts on the "proof" he presented. I live in New South Wales now but was born in Qld and have studied Captain Cooks voyages somewhat. Uncle Gavin is harmless, and charms your friends, but he has one pet topic that you try to steer him away from. Menzies writes well, knows how to tell a story, and so he seems to convince you that a giant Chinese flotilla at the beginning of the 15th Century explored the world, and discovered America and Australia. This is a difficult book to rate, let alone review. Thank you Andrew! In 1421: The Year China Discovered America, Gavin Menzies presents evidence that China not only discovered North and South America before Columbus was born, but also rounded the Cape of Good Hope, explored the North and South Poles, discovered Australia, and circumnavigated the world, visiting every continent except Europe. Don't get me wrong, it was an entertaining read, which is why it got 2 stars and not one. And really, who doesn't? Get this from a library! For the sake of this review, let's call him "Uncle Gavin." Not the least convincing, and what a good deal of the book focuses on, are the maps that many. It may be a very enchanting read, and of course there is an absolutely interesting core of truth in it, but it's full of speculation and exaggeration! Gavin Menzies, a former submarine commander in the British navy and amateur historian, argues in this book that between 1421 and 1423 squadrons from Zheng He's fleets reached the Americas prior to the Europeans. His theory is that they visited every continent on Earth except Europe, and he amasses a great deal of circumstantial evidence to support it. It consists of a long list of anecdotes along the lines of "when I was in the navy, I saw a pile of moss covered rocks on the beach in South America that had a shape vaguely similar to that of a collapsed Chinese temple - further proof of Chinese contact with America!". A couple of years ago, I read Gavin Menzies' book 1421: The Year China Discovered America and was surprised about the influence that Chinese mapping and navigational technology had on European exploration. Many of us grew up being taught that Christopher Colombus “discovered” America when he first set sail with the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria in 1492. This is a completely enthralling book dedicated to a really ballsy thesis--that the treasure fleets of the Ming Dynasty charted most of the world, including North and South America as well as Siberia and Antarctica, in 1421. One of the animals he mentions the Chinese discovered in South America was a Mylodon?. Its fascinating to see how the revelation of what "really" happened developes for the author as he travels all over the world finding evidence in shipwrecks, artifacts and structures, plants and animals, languages and customs, and genetic markers in the indigenous peoples of Africa, the New World, and Australia and New Zealand. This time, though, I think 1421 merits further explanation because of the sensational success it has experienced worldwide. I don't think there is such a pro-Western or anti-Chinese conspiracy among modern historians that the "terrible truth" in this book would be willfully ignored. Highly speculative. His compelling narrative pulls together ancient maps, precise navigational knowledge, astronomy and the surviving accounts of Chinese explorers and the later European navigators to prove that the Chinese had also discovered Antarctica, reached Australia three hundred and fifty years before Cook and solved the problem of longitude three hundred years ahead of the Europeans. This humble pinkish-red tuber is native to South America. ;] -- Did a daring Chinese admiral sailing the world's largest wooden armada reach America 71 years before Columbus? Most records of their journeys were destroyed. 1421: The Year China Discovered the World By Gavin Menzies “…On the 8th of March, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen sailed from its base in China. View production, box office, & company info. I bought this book December 2006 on Indonesia Book Fair. Its mission was "to proceed all the way to the ends of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas" & unite the whole world in Confucian harmony. I was about two chapters in when I really started to think about the logic of this and decided to do a little research. Hoo boy, what can I say. The texts appear to be identical. This book, and its accompanying website that is constantly being updated with new evidence from around the world, are going to change how we teach history. Poorly researched. The ships, huge junks nearly five hundred feet long and built from the finest teak, were under the command of Emperor Zhu Di’s loyal eunuch admirals. On March 8, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China to "proceed all the way to the ends of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas." If I had to read one more mention of the Asian chickens in the New World I would have gone mad!Or another use of "the ONLY thing this could mean was that the Chinese had been there before anyone!" The so called critics slam his research material but I have a open mind. If you are fascinated by history, by the methods of historians, by sleuthing across centuries, and by the opportunities still flourishing for an amateur to think out of the box----you may play this video often each time seeing something new. After extensive research I found it to be extinct. Don't read this. Also concealed was how the Chinese colonized America before the Europeans & transplanted in America & other countries the principal economic crops that have fed & clothed the world. Not the least convincing, and what a good deal of the book focuses on, are the maps that many of the "great" European explorers used that show the areas that they are setting out to discover. The Chinese did it first. Don't get me wrong, it was an entertaining read, which is why it got 2 stars and not one. I really wanted to like this book. For the sake of this review, let's call him "Uncle Gavin." If the evidence supports further research or re-evaluates long-held historical notions, then it is absolutely necessary to do so. ), There are some books that come to our attention through curious routes and then strike us as books "we were meant to read." It seemed like an interesting concept: China sent out huge ships to bring back treasure and knowledge, and just happened to find America 70 years before Christopher Columbus. A little condescending. I just think the evidence just is not compelling enough. ( 2004) 1421: The Year China Discovered America? It seemed like an interesting concept: China sent out huge ships to bring back treasure and knowledge, and just happened to find America 70 years before Christopher Columbus. I am the original author of this review, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally. ... Summary "On 8 February 1421 the largest fleet the world had ever seen sailed from its base in China. Perhaps the most substantial is Robert Finlay's review "How Not to (Re)Write World History: Gavin Menzies and the Chinese Discovery of America" in the Journal of World History, June 2004, where Finlay shows that there are no "lost years" in Ming dynasty sailing, and so Menzies' book is completely without foundation. 1421 describes the artifacts and … However, we now recognize the insensitivity of such a comment, since America had been populated by people since the … This documentary examines the controversial theory that a Chinese Ming Dynasty fleet, led by Zheng He, sailed past the Cape of Good Hope and crossed the Atlantic to discover the Americas, decades before Christopher Columbus. Someone might have more information on this. I gave it one star for the few things I actually found interesting, but given the rest of the book it makes me want to double check even those. Lost in China's long, self-imposed isolation that followed was the knowledge that Chinese ships had reached America 70 years before Columbus & had circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan. Publisher's Summary On March 8, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China. [Gavin Menzies; David Wallace, (Producer); Shuyun Sun; William Cran; Larry Belling; Paladin InVision, Ltd.; Penguin Television. Turns out there are very few people that agree with this book. In 1421: the Year China Discovered America, Mr. Gavin Menzies and the team within Transworld of Random House who actually wrote the book, have, with a stunning farrago of deceptions and misrepresentations of sources and scholars, brought false historical writing and intentional public deception to a new level. I was about two chapters in when I really started to think about the logic of this and decided to do a little research. Eight years after he made controversial headlines with his first American history book, "1421: The Year China Discovered America," which sold more than a … The problem lies in the fact that the author is not a traditional historian--he's just a sailor who had a theory about what a few famous Chinese admirals did over a period of a couple of undocumented years. The great ships were left. Second, since much of this hasn't been sufficiently researched, it doesn't have the goods to back a lot of it up. Bomb, Book & Compass: Joseph Needham & the Great Secrets of China, Goodreads Staffers Share Their Top Three Books of the Year. I am convinced. Hoo boy, what can I say. On March 8, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China. Awful load of woo, this book. He has a lot to learn about inescapable conclusions and the evidence leading up to them. by Harper Perennial (NYC). 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